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Re: sony dav s-300 dvd.
Is the unit old enough to have some room dust inside fowling the DVD laser lens? If open the case doesnt scare you then ..UNPLUG it from the AC outlet,remove the outer case screws and use some compressed CO2 on the DVD assembly. Spray at a distance of 8-10 inches. If you can access the lens on the player, VERY lightly clean it with a swab of Isopropyl alcohol.
Most of the units I get with bad read problems get fixed that way
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is ur dvd player in an inclosed area because they need air and some more than others. is the device getting hot to the tuch. if it is then put somthing under the corners of the dvd player to raise it up. this should stop it from over heating. also try cleaning it. please rate my suggestion. thanks
C13: ERROR MEANS THE DVD DO IS NOT COMPATIBLE THE THE PLAYER, TRY IT WITH OTHER DVD PLAYER IF YOU HAVE ANY, I DO HAVE ONE AND MINE PLAYS ONLY ORIGINAL COPIES AND HAS TO BE THE UNIQUE HOOKE ON THE TV, NOT OTHER DVD. NO COPIES FOR THIS PLAYER
It very well could be a lens problem.
When the laser is in a desperate search for more data, it can max out the whole unit trying to find it. Same thing will happen with a PC's dvd drive if you put a dvd in and it is scratched or damaged.
The lens in your unit may not be dirty, but it may need to be calibrated again. Knocks in transport, dust, bugs, general use etc etc can all have an effect on the laser.
The fact it's doing it in a cycle could also be heat related. Again this goes back to the calibration. If the laser is working far harder then it should, it will heat up and begin to fail.
Since it is only a few months old though, I would call in on the warranty to have it looked at without causing you further grief.
Does sound like the laser. Realitically, not worth repairing. I'd say you'd be worth connecting a cheap DVD player to the system - then the Sony can carry on providing the surround sound audio and the new DVD player can provide the video. Then, if the cheap DVD player is still going, it can move to a bedroom TV if and when you replace the surround system....
Otherwise, I would imaging the speaker set (and even the non-working DVD player) on its own might fetch a reasonable price on an auction site - anyone who has a stolen DVD unit will probably be desparate for the speakers as Sony don't sell them separately!
mY DAV-C770 has the exact same problem ...when watching a movie it will intermittently pause or freeze ...then continue. It will do this 20 or 30 times throughout a movie.
I asked a tech at Sony for help and he told me the laser reader is out of alignment.
The minimum amount to have the dvd player sent out and repaired is $200.00, and thats if it does not require any parts.
with a new laser reader it will be about $400.00. Almost the same price as a new dream system. Not worth fixing. I used to think really highly of Sony - until now.